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Viareggio is a small seaside city in Italy where you can experience another face of Tuscany. It’s only a 45 minute (6 Euro) train ride from the heart of Florence and only about 30 minutes from Pisa, so its easy for both locals and tourists to reach when that Tuscan sun gets hot!

Viareggio is known as a sort of resort town, yet it’s small and easily navigated by foot.  It’s also do-able for travelers on a budget – even though it’s close to Florence, prices are reasonable! If you decide to stay over night, try the Burlamacco Gold Bed & Breakfast for an inexpensive, and romantic place to stay.  If you want to be right on the beach, the Lukas Hotel Viareggio is still reasonable and also has single rooms.

The golden sand beach runs along the whole city.  You may have to pay a couple of Euros to get to the beach, and it’s a few more if you want a chair and umbrella.  There are certainly ways to sneak in, though…just keep you eye out.  Two things you should do (even though they may seem touristy); rent a paddle boat, complete with a slide, and don’t be afraid to get a Thai massage at sunset!

This is the place for great seafood, of course…

Try Tito Del Molo‘s mixed grilled seafood for a great selection right off the docks. And, well, it’s still Italy – you can get great pizza at Flaminio Bar Pizzeria if you take a walk a bit back from the beach.

Another highlight is Il Carnavale Di Viareggio.  This is the most important carnival celebration in Italy, and it takes place in Viareggio.  The dates always change a bit, but it happens in late January, or early February. Check ahead if you want to join in!

If you’ve been to Viareggio, and want to share any pictures, post them to the tripwolf gallery here!

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  1. OrianaNo Gravatar
    Posted June 25, 2009 at 4:50 am | Permalink

    I just wanted to add something to this post, something for those who appreciate modern and contemporary art and need a break from the beach, there’s an exhibition at the municipal gallery that will surprise lovers for its completeness, more than 700 artists!
    Take a look at the press release:
    http://www.turismo.intoscana.it/intoscana2/export/TurismoRTen/sito-TurismoRTen/Contenuti/Elementi-interesse/Musei/visualizza_asset.html_1914304823.html

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